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Why do you need a Professional, Qualified Bookkeeper?

To avoid inadvertently hiring a bookkeeper that can’t do the job, and do it well, business owners can double check whether the individual has passed bookkeeping qualifications such as awards from The Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB) or from the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT).

In addition to a professional bookkeeping qualification, many business owners may expect a bookkeeper to have several years’ experience managing the books for similar businesses, start-ups or sole traders.

This decision ultimately involves a judgement call on the part of the business owner and may depend on the quality of the bookkeeper’s references and testimonials.

Bookkeeping is just one element when it comes to managing your company finances, and it is also worth considering someone who can give you an overall package such as business plansforecasts, strategy and helping minimise your tax bill.



Working with an unqualified bookkeeper can pose several risks for your business. Let’s explore some of these risks:


  1. Inaccurate Financial Records:

    • An unqualified bookkeeper may lack the necessary skills and knowledge to maintain accurate financial records. This can lead to errors in recording transactions, misclassifications, and discrepancies in your financial statements.

  2. Non-Compliance with Regulations:

    • Bookkeeping involves adherence to various legal and regulatory requirements. An unqualified bookkeeper might not be aware of these rules, resulting in non-compliance. This can lead to fines, penalties, or legal issues for your business.

  3. Financial Mismanagement:

    • Incompetent bookkeeping can lead to poor financial management. Without accurate data, you may make incorrect business decisions, overspend, or fail to identify cost-saving opportunities.

  4. Lack of Financial Insights:

    • A qualified bookkeeper provides valuable insights into your business’s financial health. An unqualified one may not analyse data effectively, leaving you without crucial information for strategic planning.

  5. Security Risks:

    • Unqualified bookkeepers may not prioritize data security. Mishandling sensitive financial information can expose your business to data breaches or fraud.

  6. Missed Deadlines:

    • An unqualified bookkeeper might struggle with organizing tasks efficiently. This could result in missed deadlines for tax filings, payroll, or other financial obligations. Leading to large fines from the HMRC, unclaimed VAT and more serious fraud issues.

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